Fat Steve's Blatherings

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Nope, Absolutely No Media Bias

      You remember all the polls showing that the public felt Terri Schiavo should die?  The ones with questions along the lines of: 'Terri Schiavo has been on life support for 15 years . . .'?  Zogby International did a poll with a slightly different wording:
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Polls leading up to the death of Terri Schiavo made it appear Americans had formed a consensus in favor of ending her life. However, a new Zogby poll with fairer questions shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients.

The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, as in Terri's case, 43 percent say "the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube" while just 30 percent disagree.

Another Zogby question his directly on Terri's circumstances.

"If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive on life support, and they have no written directive, should or should they not be denied food and water," the poll asked.

A whopping 79 percent said the patient should not have food and water taken away while just 9 percent said yes. . . .

"When there is conflicting evidence on whether or not a patient would want to be on a feeding tube, should elected officials order that a feeding tube be removed or should they order that it remain in place," respondents were asked.

Some 18 percent said the feeding tube should be removed and 42 percent said it should remain in place. . . .

The poll found that 49 percent of Americans believe there should be exceptions to the right of a spouse to act as a guardian for an incapacitated spouse. Only 39 percent disagreed.

When asked directly about Terri's case and told the her estranged husband Michael "has had a girlfriend for 10 years and has two children with her" 56 percent of Americans believed guardianship should have been turned over to Terri's parents while 37 percent disagreed.

      Hat tips to David Limbaugh via Ankle Biting Pundits.

      By the way, notice how few pictures of Terri in the MSM showed her before her brain damage, like this one?
      They turn up much more frequently, now that she's safely dead.  Instead, all we ever saw were photos of Terri in the hospital.

      You think people the media has it in for might get depicted in unflattering pictures?

      Nope, no media bias, move along.



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